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To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 1

Created on 25 October 2015. Posted in Our blog

... no firm descriptions, plans, timescales or resources have been even hinted at, a small number of clear camps are forming either side of the yes/no debate. In this first of a three part mini-series let’s ...

Equality of Opportunity and the Exam System

Created on 30 September 2015. Posted in Our blog

... score to accompany it. Thus, every exam would come with two scores written together, the first the absolute grade and the second the relative grade. For example, a student could receive a: AA (Top ...

100 days in office and all that...

Created on 23 August 2015. Posted in Our blog

... tweets @futuresinfinite on the twitter. Do check out his blog but before that do check out his take on the first 100 days of the new Government and what it means for local government. The government ...

The next steps for equalities?

Created on 02 June 2015. Posted in Our blog

... to embedding best practice and organisations are beginning to focus more on partnership working. However, there are still some things we need to get better at. Firstly, as agencies work together more ...

Time to elect a new system?

Created on 26 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... day. It’s a point Glen Ocsko raised in his blog recently, describing it as ‘scandalous’. It is. But it’s also in large part due to our broken voting system. Our First Past the Post voting system destroys ...

No Contest

Created on 21 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... with and understand the hopes, fears, wants and needs of real people. To address this two things must happen. Firstly, local elections need to introduce something called for often and loudly by many ...

What happens next?

Created on 13 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... for two reasons. Firstly, how exactly is the "North" being defined? There is no agreement what this term even means in Doncaster, never mind Downing Street. I heard an interviewee in Newcastle scoffing ...

An Exchange of Ideas

Created on 27 February 2015. Posted in Our blog

... book, but it seemed large when compared to the other figures in the public domain (£240m is mentioned here and here; £5m savings over the first 2-3 years are mentioned here: and the original aspiration ...

Reflections on UKGC15

Created on 28 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... the first hour or so being effectively enforced networking, and meant I managed to catch up with people I’d have not done if we’d all dived straight into sessions. It’s getting less vague We seem to ...

#UKGC15

Created on 21 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... the first time, I will be attending not as a member of local government but as a member of the private sector (albeit one who works nigh-on exclusively with local government). I’m interested to see if ...

2015 will be the year of…

Created on 14 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... are facing real problems, particularly around some more sensitive information, Verify may well be the way to go, and 2015 could see the first few councils taking this route. Council websites will start ...

A whole load of cuts

Created on 05 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... BBC News 21/10 Gwynedd moves to three-weekly bin collection The Mail reports that households in Gwynedd yesterday became the first in Wales to have some of their bins emptied on a three-weekly basis. ...

The boy who cried wolf

Created on 03 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

Like Glen, I haven’t written a post for this site for months. The reasons for this are multiple but can broadly be summed up as child, work and chicken-ness. The first two are fairly self-explanatory; ...

Writing about writing

Created on 16 December 2014. Posted in Our blog

... the words just flow; I call these first-drafters. These are the times when the words form in front of your eyes, when the argument is so clear and well-reasoned that you don’t need to think it through, ...

The Comms2point0 Unawards are coming...

Created on 10 November 2014. Posted in Our blog

... or pr you must enter the unawards   There used to be two steps cycle in comms when a good piece of work is finished, but rarely this happens anymore.   The first step is your boss says 'well done,' ...

FOI in five words

Created on 19 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

I had a novel experience a couple of weeks ago. For the first time in my life I put in an FOI request. It was sent to six local authorities, and asked them three or four questions about a topic which wasn’t ...

Tattoos are a choice you will need to live with

Created on 18 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

Billy Connolly once relayed the story of the moment he got his first tattoo, when the tattoo artist looked up at him after the first stroke: “that’s brilliant,” Connolly was told, “now there’s one more ...

Running before you can walk; Government plans to share your data

Created on 04 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

...  Details of the financial history, qualifications and property wealth of millions of Britons could be shared across Whitehall for the first time without their consent, the Telegraph can disclose.   ...

The worst is yet to come

Created on 28 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... moved away from the problem and moved firmly into the solutions. And yet, if anything, the cuts are now biting even harder than they ever had. This is for two reasons. Firstly, many councils have already ...

Showing our working out

Created on 22 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... having an awful lot to do with the success of a rain dance: it might not matter how good or bad you are, sometimes everything just aligns perfectly and works first time. However, more often than not it ...